Have You Met My Ghoulfriend? (Mostly Ghostly Series)

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Nicky and Tara still live in Max’s bedroom, and while they’ve found some clues, they still don’t know what happened to their parents. Meanwhile, Phears is still desperate to get his hands on Nicky and Tara, and to pressure Max into turning them over, Phears brings a Berserker Ghoul to inhabit Max’s body—and make Max go berserk when he least expects it! But Max, Nicky, and Tara aren’t giving in to Phears. They have a few tricks up their sleeve—like one very talkative ghost cat, who’s taken residence inside the ...

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Overview

Nicky and Tara still live in Max’s bedroom, and while they’ve found some clues, they still don’t know what happened to their parents. Meanwhile, Phears is still desperate to get his hands on Nicky and Tara, and to pressure Max into turning them over, Phears brings a Berserker Ghoul to inhabit Max’s body—and make Max go berserk when he least expects it! But Max, Nicky, and Tara aren’t giving in to Phears. They have a few tricks up their sleeve—like one very talkative ghost cat, who’s taken residence inside the tunnel to the ghost world. . . .

Phears, an evil ghost, wants eleven-year-old Max to help him capture the ghosts of two children whose parents once trapped him, and he sends a Berserker Ghoul to possess Max and convince him to obey.

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Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
This rather inane tale launches Stine's attractively priced paper-over-board Mostly Ghostly series, starring 11-year-old Nicky and his younger sister, Tara, who, walking home one evening, realize they have no memory of where they are coming from-or of anything else. ("Why did I suddenly have a hole in my brain?" wonders Nicky.) Arriving at their house, the two discover another family is living there, including 11-year-old Max, an aspiring magician. As the story unfolds through Nicky and Max's first-person narration, the siblings realize that they are ghosts who fade in and out randomly, and enlist Max's help to discover their parents' whereabouts. Meanwhile, Phears, an ominous ghost who appears in the guise of various animals, begins haunting Max and insisting he lead him to his new ghostly pals. In a brief appearance to Nicky and Tara, their former housekeeper (now also a ghost) cryptically warns them about Phears, saying that he "knows about your mom and dad" and that he "let all the ghosts out." The fact that only Max can see and hear the ghostly youngsters creates some humorous, sitcom-esque moments, and Stine injects the occasional creepy scene that will bring on scattered goosebumps. But readers may feel cheated that the author leaves the plot dangling, "to be continued" in the series' second volume, Have You Met My Ghoulfriend?, also due this month. Ages 7-10. (Aug.) Copyright 2004 Reed Business Information.
Children's Literature
Everyone thinks that Max is crazy. Max is just a typical eleven-year-old kid who happens to be friends with a couple of ghosts. No one believes Max when he tells them that the ghosts are two children who used to live in the house that Max and his family now own. The ghosts want Max to help them find their parents. A wicked ghost named Phears also wants Max's help, but Phear's reasons are evil. Like most books written by R. L. Stine, the story is intriguing and easy to read. The excitement is nonstop. Also—as is typical of most of Stine's books—there is not a satisfactory resolution of the plot. Young readers will love the graphic cover illustration and will be captivated by the catchy title; they probably will not even notice the holes in the plot. To find out how this story ends you need to read the next book in the series. One would suspect, however, that the subsequent book will also leave the reader hanging. This title is part of the "Mostly Ghostly" series. 2004, Delacorte Press/Parachute Press, Ages 8 to 10.
—Denise Daley
School Library Journal
Gr 4-6-Stine's newest series is sure to delight his fans. In Who Let the Ghosts Out? readers meet Nicky and Tara, who are trying to figure out why they are suddenly ghosts and what has happened to their parents. They live in the closet of a boy named Max, a would-be magician who is having parent, brother, and teacher troubles. The three team up to help one another try to solve their individual and collective problems and take on an evil spirit named Phears. In the second book, Phears returns and tries to force Max to help him capture the ghost siblings. Stine's forte has always been taking ordinary characters and placing them in weird situations, and these two stories are no exception. This time, however, there is more humor than in the author's previous books. The mood is much more lighthearted and the pacing is slower with fewer terrifying events.-Molly S. Kinney, Nova Southeastern University, Ft. Lauderdale, FL Copyright 2004 Reed Business Information.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780385746649
  • Publisher: Random House Children's Books
  • Publication date: 8/24/2004
  • Series: Mostly Ghostly Series , #2
  • Pages: 136
  • Sales rank: 712,434
  • Age range: 8 - 12 Years
  • Lexile: 500L (what's this?)
  • Product dimensions: 5.54 (w) x 7.95 (h) x 0.62 (d)

Meet the Author

R. L. Stine

R.L. Stine began his writing career when he was nine years old, and today he has achieved the position of the bestselling children’s author in history. In the early 1990s, Stine was catapulted to fame when he wrote the unprecedented, bestselling Goosebumps® series, which sold more than 250 million copies and became a worldwide multimedia phenomenon. His other major series, Fear Street, has over 80 million copies sold.

R.L. Stine has received numerous awards of recognition, including several Nickelodeon Kids’ Choice Awards and Disney Adventures Kids’ Choice Awards, and he has been selected by kids as one of their favorite authors in the NEA’s Read Across America program. He lives in New York, NY.

Biography

Goosebumps cast a spell upon children by transforming even the most reluctant students into avid readers. Despite the fact that almost every book has a different collection of characters, the series has one common element that kids can't get enough of: the author!

However believable his plots seem to his readers, Stine insists he has never lived one of his stories. "I've never turned into a bee -- I've never been chased by a mummy or met a ghost. But many of the ideas in my books are suggested by real life. For example, one Halloween my son, Matt, put a mask on and then had trouble pulling it off. That gave me the idea for The Haunted Mask."

Although he never experienced terror first hand, he did enjoy reading about it. "When I was a kid, there were these great comic books called Tales From The Crypt and The Vault of Horror. They were gruesome. I discovered them in the barbershop and thought they were fabulous. I used to get a haircut every Saturday so I wouldn't miss any of these comic books. I had no hair at all when I was a kid!"

His ideas came from two sources: his memory and his imagination. "When I write, I try to think back to what I was afraid of or what was scary to me, and try to put those feelings into books." He also keeps a tribal mask and a skeleton hanging in his writing studio to provide eerie surroundings. Although he handles the writing by himself, Stine says he gets "lots of help from my editors, my readers, and my friends."

Kids reading Goosebumps may be looking for a scare, but the laughs they get are no accident. Before he was R. L., he was Jovial Bob, author of such works as 101 Silly Monster Jokes, and Bozos on Patrol and editor of Bananas magazine. His ability to know what kids will laugh at , as well as what will frighten them, makes the Goosebumps series all the more enjoyable for his readers.

Stine started writing when he was 9 years old! He would write stories and jokes on an old typewriter and hand them out at school. "The teacher would grab them and take them away," Stine says, "but I kept doing it." He wrote for his high school newspaper in Columbus Ohio. After graduating from Ohio State University, he moved to New York City, where he worked on a variety of writing jobs.

Although his books are fun and exciting, writing them is serious stuff. He treats writing "...like a job." To unwind after work he enjoys playing the pinball machine conveniently located in his own apartment.

For aspiring authors, Stine feels reading is as important as writing. He offers this advice: "If you want to be a writer, don't worry so much about writing. Read as much as you can. Read as many different writers as you can. Soak up the styles. You can learn all kinds of ways to say things." As a boy he read Norse legends, Greek myths, Edgar Allan Poe and baseball stories. "And Mad Magazine changed my life." Author biography courtesy of Scholastic, Inc.

Good To Know

In our interview with Stine, he shared some fun and fascinating facts with us:

"My first job in New York was making up fake interviews with movie and TV stars for a group of six movie magazines. I never spoke to the stars I wrote about. I wrote three-to-four "interviews" a day, all out of my imagination."

"'I've written over 300 books but I never learned to type. I use only one finger, the pointer on my left hand -- that's all. Three hundred books on one finger! The finger is very ugly now -- completely bent and curled and callused. When I show it to audiences, they can't believe it! This is my sacrifice for my art!"

"Sometimes kids show up at my country house and ask if my son Matt can come out and play. That's because they saw him mentioned in the back of my books. But they're very disappointed when he comes to the door -- because Matt is in his mid-twenties now! They were reading very old books! Matt is a musician, composer, and sound designer. You can hear his music at my web site, www.rlstine.com."

"I hope my readers get a chance to see my 4-D movie, R. L. Stine's Haunted Lighthouse. The movie stars Christopher Lloyd, Michael McKean, Lea Thompson, Weird Al, and others. You can find it playing at four parks: SeaWorld San Antonio, SeaWorld San Diego, Busch Gardens Tampa, and Busch Gardens Williamsburg, Virginia. Watch out -- you might get very wet!"

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    1. Also Known As:
      Robert Lawrence Stine; Jovial Bob Stine
    2. Hometown:
      New York, New York
    1. Date of Birth:
      October 8, 1943
    2. Place of Birth:
      Columbus, Ohio
    1. Education:
      B.A., Ohio State University, 1965
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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 30, 2013

    Love Mostly Ghosty

    I love this book!!!! You never know what is going to hapoen next.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 16, 2012

    Awesome!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    Awesome but, i didn't like at the end when it said to be continued i had to wait 4 whole secents to get the next one but other then that i loved it!!!!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 10, 2012

    LOVE IT!!!

    This book was SO GOOD!!!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 28, 2011

    Awesome!!!!!!

    Awesome!!!!!!!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 30, 2011

    Ehh

    Sure,R.L. Stine is a magnificent horror author,BUT,I much prefer the Disney Channel movie of this series is better!Plus,personnaly,I find that Luke Benwald (Nicky) is very cute! :) <3

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 19, 2005

    I even liked it!

    I'm a 44 year old mom and just finished reading this to my 7 year old son. I even liked this book. RL Stine is my son's favorite writer of all time. The man is a master at surprise endings and his Goosebumps series aimed at the 6-9 age group are so enjoyable. As a parent, I am happy to see my son ask me to read them a Goosebumps book over turning on the TV again. He'll listen to me read (he's not at this level yet) for hours.

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